Minnesota on the verge of a drought

Climatologists say the state's gone six weeks without a substantial rain at a time when precipitation is key for crops, lawns and trees before the first hard freeze.
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Climatologists say the state's gone six weeks without a substantial rain at a time when precipitation is key for crops, lawns and trees before the first hard freeze.

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Drought over for most of Minnesota

Nearly the entire state was in a moderate to severe drought, but three months later that's down to about 10 percent. A climatologist told the Associated Press rain has recharged dry soils, but above-average precipitation needs to continue for Minnesota to fully catch up.

City trees struggling amid drought

City workers around Minnesota are routinely planting new trees, which need extra water. And those young boulevard trees have really had a hard time this summer as dry conditions persisted in the state, MPR reports. Officials are pleading for help from homeowners.

Minneapolis trees at risk due to ongoing drought

Officials say the metro area is in its eighth year of drought and even rain expected this week -- it won’t be enough to keep trees healthy. The city is asking residents to water the trees in their yards and on their block in order to prevent them from becoming vulnerable in the winter and dying off.

Rain coming, but drought not leaving

Temperatures will drop throughout the day Thursday, and Friday will be sunny and cooler – the Twin Cities will wake up to about 28 degrees. Then rain is likely throughout Saturday, local forecasters say. The parched metro could get the most significant rainfall it has had in two to three months, but that's not saying much – less than an inch is likely.